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Stone Butch Blues

Stone Butch Blues

by Leslie Feinberg
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ISBN-13: 9781555838539
Publisher: Alyson Books
Publication date: 04/01/2004
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Leslie Feinberg is the author of Stone Butch Blues, and also the author of Trans Liberation, Trans Gender Warriors, and Transgender Liberation, and is a noted activist and speaker on transgender issues.

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Stone Butch Blues 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
thorold on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This is a tricky book to pin down. At one level it is a rather simple-minded parable about solidarity and political and social change that would fit better into the 1930s (or perhaps the late 60s) than the 90s; at another it's an attempt to set the historical record straight about the "butch-femme" approach to sex between women that was current in the mid-20th century, but subsequently marginalized by both the women's movement and the lesbian and gay rights movement; and at a third it is a complicated personal tale about the search for the narrator's own gender identity. The political and historical stories have both lost a lot of their impact in the meantime. It's ground that has been gone over by so many other writers since; the only thing that still makes it worth looking at is the immediacy of what is obviously first-hand testimony. The descriptions of police brutality and the constant threat of random violence still have the power to shock, even fifty years on and half a world away. The more personal story of the narrator's progress from awkward girl to "he-she" to butch to passing male to a kind of gender identity that s/he feels comfortable with has kept more of its relevance. It doesn't attempt to generalise or draw big social or historical parallels, except to establish that gender involves a lot more than "either/or" categories. The narrator's story illustrates the complicated interaction between cultural expectations and individual nature that happens when we don't feel right in the roles that society projects onto us. It makes clear that categories aren't constant in time, space, or social class. There aren't any neat answers: although the narrator seems to have found a workable compromise at the end of the book, we know that there is still a long way to go.
kgriffith on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Perhaps the most influential book I've read, this one turned my world upside-down in the most wonderful of ways. A semi-autobiographical novel that follows a butch from early teens through adulthood, this book is accessible to anyone regardless of their connection, or lack thereof, to the butch or butch-femme world.
knownever on LibraryThing 7 months ago
The plot is uneven, but you don't read it because it's a well written book. It's the kind of thing you read all in one go in a state of half-nauseous, terrified relief. "There I am, finally! Ack! Oh no! There I am."
ehough75 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This is an amazing book that everyone should read. It surpasses time when is shows the struggle that the main character continues to go through all through the years. It also show that gender and sexuality are an ever evolving process and are not always as black and white as a lot of people want to make it out to be. It made me cry and laugh.
Zybia More than 1 year ago
This book may very well have what it takes to change your perspective on life. It deals with gender struggles but more broadly with feeling alone and unaccepted. It inspires one to enjoy the simple pleasures, not waste time judging each other and one's self, and to always keep fighting to live a life that is worth being proud of even when the world is not a better place, and for that it's definitely worth the read.
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This is a must read! I have read it more than once and putting it down was next to impossible each time...
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is truly an amazing book! As I was reading the book, it felt as if I was really there. This is definitely a book you do not want to put down. I plan to read this book again and again! I highly recommend this book!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
How do you begin to explain a book that feels as if you were in every moment? How can a book make you want to drop everything your doing, put your whole life on hold and search for 'Jess' and all of the people that have influenced her life so that maybe they can influence yours? The strength in this book made me from beginning to end go threw an emotional rollercoaster, feeling drained after every chapter, only to find out that in the next one, 'Jess' rises above it all to find that she can and will survive the inevitable. I loved it! PLEASE READ THIS, IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE......
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was given this book by a friend who just raved about it. After reading it, I have decided that all of my true friends need to read it in order to truly understand what the gay population has gone through and is continuing to go through. I've given this book to many of my gay and straight friends whom in turn, have passed it on to their friends. I think everyone who knows someone who is gay should read this book so they can really see what our world is all about.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am buying this book for a friend. I have read it twice myself, and the opening letter to Jess' g/f many times over. Each time, the tears flow. As a StoneFemme, I can totally relate to a lot of Jess' struggles. I see our guys go through it every day. For example, I still worry about bathroom safety for my partner. They still have a long road ahead, but as Feinberg's book accurately portrays, the Stones of his time were the true pioneers in the fight to be recognized as equal citizens of this country.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i have not read many books that have the back round of this one. i loved it so much that in the last year i have bought it for three of my friends that have had simaler issues as jess and thay all thanked me for it! not only is it a great read but it has inspired me to write my life story!